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Jerusalem – Knesset Members Who Curse Will be Fined

February 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Jerusalem - A new set of guidelines for MK behavior, eight years in the making, will be brought for Knesset Ethics Committee approval in two weeks’ time. Possibly the most interesting recommendation is that Knesset Members who curse or speak rudely to a colleague in the plenum would be liable to be fined up to a full month’s salary – some 34,000 shekels. Until now, the Ethics...

Jerusalem – Huckabee: U.S. Should Free Jonathan Pollard

February 1, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Jerusalem - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee today called on the United States to free Jonathan Pollard, who has spent the past 26 years in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel. During a visit to Israel, Huckabee, a former Republican Presidential candidate who is one of the front runners for the Republican nomination for President in 2012, said that Pollard should...

New York, NY – City Will Start All-Day Ferry Service on East River

February 1, 2011 at 09:26 PM
New York, NY - For all their dominance on Staten Island, ferries have long struggled to muscle their way into the city's mass transit mainstream. Experiments in Queens and Brooklyn have been held back by infrequent service, outsize operating costs and low ridership. But the city, unfazed by past failures, is now embarking on a more ambitious plan: a year-round ferry network that will provide...

Washington – FDA Declines To Approve Orexigen Diet Drug

February 1, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Washington - The government on Tuesday unexpectedly rejected what appeared to be the most promising candidate among a class of new diet drugs, wiping out hopes for a new medication to fight obesity anytime soon. Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration is concerned about the heart side effects of its drug Contrave and will require a new study, a costly undertaking that...

Cairo – Egypt Crowds Unmoved By Mubarak’s Vow Not To Run

February 1, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Cairo - President Hosni Mubarak defied a quarter-million protesters demanding he step down immediately, announcing Tuesday he would serve out the last months of his term and "die on Egyptian soil." He promised not to seek re-election, but that did not calm public fury as clashes erupted between his opponents and supporters. The protesters, whose numbers multiplied more than tenfold in a single...

Washington – Obama: Egypt’s Mubarak Must Begin Transition Now

February 1, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Egypt's embattled autocratic ruler, a staunch U.S. ally, to immediately begin the process of transitioning the country to new leadership, a signal that there should be no drawn-out goodbye. Earlier, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had announced he would not seek another term in office but also would not yield to growing demands to step...

New Jersey – Englewood Charter Garners Major Orthodox Supporters

February 1, 2011 at 07:50 PM
New Jersey - The application for a controversial Hebrew charter school in Englewood, N.J., includes letters of support from two prominent Orthodox pulpit rabbis, as well as from several other high-profile Jewish leaders. Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO for kashrut at the Orthodox Union and spiritual leader of Englewood’s Shomrei Emunah, contributed a letter of support that was part of Shalom...

Las Vegas, NV – TSA Tests New More Modest Body Scanning System

February 1, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Las Vegas, NV - Federal aviation officials are giving it another try. This time, they are not looking as closely under traveler's clothes. The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday began testing a new, more modest body scanning system at three airports. They hope it will assuage critics' concerns that the nearly 500 full-body scanners at 78 airports reveal too much. "We believe...

New York, NY – New Yorkers Making Fewer Car Honking Complaints

February 1, 2011 at 06:52 PM
New York, NY - Horn honking — a contagious cacophony in Gotham that never seems to shut up — sounds like it’s irritating fewer New Yorkers. That’s according to a comparison of 311 calls and other city data indicating that excessive-honking complaints have been curbed in the past three years. “Wouldn’t it be nice to think people are kinder and more considerate when it comes to...

Washington – AP Analysis: Turmoil In Egypt Will Reshape U.S. Role

February 1, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The protests rocking Egypt could change the political landscape of the entire Arab world and beyond. Possible outcomes range all the way from pro-democracy forces taking charge in Cairo to — in a worst case — an all-out war bringing in Israel and Iran. In between, there could be a long period of instability that could breed economic chaos across the region and derail economic...

Jackson, MS – GOP Jewish Group Sponsors Barbour Trip to Israel

February 1, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Jackson, MS - The Republican Jewish Coalition is sending Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, to Israel for five days. The Washington-based group said Tuesday it is sponsoring the Feb. 5-9 trip for Barbour and his wife, Marsha. Barbour will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders. The coalition says on its website it also paid for...

New York, NY – ‘Elite’ NYPD Unit Keeps Firing Guns Accidentally

February 1, 2011 at 05:28 PM
New York, NY - In an embarrassing series of mistakes, cops from the NYPD's elite Emergency Service Unit shot off three stray rounds in three months - including one in Rockefeller Center. A member of the ESU sniper team safeguarding the tree-lighting center at the tourist magnet accidentally let loose a rifle round on Nov. 30. It happened about 90 minutes after the ceremony, as the sniper...

New York – Dow Over 12,000 As Remarkable Bull Market Rolls On

February 1, 2011 at 04:57 PM
New York - Two years ago, the stock market was roadkill along the financial highway. Now one of the greatest bull markets in history is rolling along — maybe enough to finally get the attention of average investors. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time in two and a half years Tuesday, putting the Great Recession even farther in the rearview mirror and...

Cairo – UPDATE: Mubarak: I Will Not Run Again

February 1, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Cairo - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not run for a new term in office in September elections, but rejected demands that he step down immediately and leave the country, vowing to die on Egypt's soil, in a television address Tuesday after a dramatic day in which a quarter-million protesters called on him to go. Mubarak said he would serve out the rest of his term working to...

Phoenix – Arizona AG: Bloomberg’s Gun Show Sting Just A Public Relations Stunt

February 1, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Phoenix, AZ - Attorney General Tom Horne says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overstepped his power in authorizing investigators to run an undercover sting operation at a Phoenix gun show. Horne said Tuesday the sting was a public relations stunt. During the sting, investigators hired by New York City bought semiautomatic pistols after they said they probably couldn't pass a...

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